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Yalla Yalla

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Rob Greig
Yalla Yalla
Soho

Yalla Yalla continues to produce its hit formula of superior Lebanese cooking in a casual setting. Its self-styled ‘Beirut street food’ resonates with the upbeat informality of these dinky Soho premises; we’ve found the quality to match that of much pricier restaurants. Diners cram on to faux-rustic tables at lunchtime, while others nip in for takeaway wraps – filled with everything from falafel to spicy sujuk sausage – from the pre-prepared selection behind the counter. We were presented with arabic bread, olives and torshi (pickles) as we perused the menu: not the big salad bowls of the posh places, but a charming touch nonetheless. From the concise list of meze dishes we tried a chunky, smoky baba ganoush and a flavour-packed fattoush salad. A profusion of fresh salad vegetables (lettuce, radish, cucumber, spring onion, cucumber and tomatoes) had been labour-intensively chopped small, before adding crispy toasted pitta, a dusting of warm sumac and a red wine vinaigrette – brilliant. Halloumi meshoué (grilled) was fine too, served with olives and mint. There’s also a selection of main-course grills. In all, you get an edited version of a full Lebanese menu here, served in a convivial atmosphere, with the bonus of cocktails in the evening.

 

Venue name: Yalla Yalla
Contact:
Address: 1 Green's Court
London
W1F 0HA
Opening hours: Meals served 10am-11pm Mon-Sat; 10am-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £8.50-£13.75

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:3
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Harriot H

Came here after a theatre matinee. (The Green's Court branch was nearer and is very small). It was the first time we'd tried Lebanese food. The meal was delicious and the service really good - efficient without being hurried. The staff were genuinely concerned to ensure that you enjoyed your meal. Will definitely visit again.

michelle m

The place was buzzing when we stopped for lunch, though service was quick. We punted for 4 mezze dishes for two of us; each costing £4-5. Good choice for veggies. Dishes were a nice size and 4 was plenty. I sampled the falafel, spinach fatayer and vine leaves. The chunky, spicy falafel and refreshingly lemony vine leaves made for a tasty meal, but the spinach fatayer was dry and weirdly sweet. Without houmous or baba ganoush, it was all a little too dry, which resulted in us guzzling some nice lemonades from their selection.

Alice v

Fantastic food, great value and a lovely atmosphere. Not a place to go for dinner if you are in a rush, service was rather slow, didn't ruin the experience though. Will be going back, highly recommended.

Lucas Cimino

Amazing experience, the food is really great, I loved everything that I tried, the waiter was really kind and funny and he helped us to choose our food, I really recommend it!!

Roman T

The real treat here is the lunchtime deal. A wrap and a side for just £6.50? Bargain!

Benjamin

Small and tiny cafe/restaurant, enjoyed my dinner there with couple of friends, mezze was fresh and tasty, fattush salad was the best, hommus was creamy with a hint of garlic. they recommend the Lebanese white as i remember was St Thomas which was nice and fruity. Service was helpful also.

Girl.next.door

After reading amazing reviews about Yalla Yalla, my husband and I decided to have a go and we both can't believe how dissapointing it was! The homemade lemonade was very nice though, but the actual food is either overrated or we were unlucky enough to get the wrong cook! The Chicken was overcooked and the vermicelli rice luke warm... Our waitress was a bit abrupt and seemed as if she couldn't wait to go home. Maybe it was because we went on a Sunday that they had ran out of steam or something, but we won't be rushing back to find out :0(

david

After waiting for 15min at around 10pm, we were kicked out from the restaurant. The reason was because we didn't order the main meals from the menu. Stay away if you don't want to be forced what to eat!!!

olga

Extremely rude staff and very slow service . After waiting for 20 minutes for take away food the waiter who mixed up my order handed me my money back, told me not to waste his time and walked away. AVOID THIS PLACE!

Sgirl

The food is ok. However there has been a problem each and every time i have eaten here. today was the last time. the service is slow the staff sulky and can be cramped. perhaps all the stars are from people who havent eaten much lebanese food. i have never been servced a shawarma heated through on a panini heater before. Street food should be quick hot and fresh. Disappointing

Lina

Try their daily special, the charcoal grilled quail with molasses and the pickled baby aubergines were yummy.Service is attentive and the atmosphere is great.

RJ

Absolutely dreadful. Warm beer, greasy/poor tasting food, dreadful staff. Avoid.

Keith

I've been here a couple of times now for lunch with a friend. The food has been good on both occasions and the service friendly. It is a little bit cramped and on both times we were there it was very busy. Saying that, we were never rushed.

SAM

AMAZING FOOD, AMAZING SERVICE AND PS: THE BEST CREAMY HUMUS IVE EVER HAD IN LONDON.....!!

Renata

Price is cheap so maybe it reflects in the food quality. Kibbeh Nayeh was mediocre, with more bulgur than meat. Hummus as good as the ones you can find in the supermarket. Mouhalabieh was not creamy as it should be.